Why NZ Football are still winners at the 2018 Fifa World Cup

Barring a World Cup final hat trick by Antoine Griezmann or Kylian Mbappe, or a similar display of finishing by Belgium's Romelu Lukaku in Saturday's third place playoff against England, Kane will likely get his wish and lay his hands on the Golden Boot as Russian Federation 2018's top scorer.

The two sides must pick themselves up and dust themselves down after suffering the crushing disappointment of semifinal defeats to play for the modest prize of third place in a fixture often criticised as pointless.

"It was incredible considering they had just played a couple of two hour games plus penalties".

England will play Belgium in the third-place play-off match on Saturday before coming home to what is expected to be a hero's welcome.

Croatia fans in Zagreb react to key match moments in the World Cup semifinal win over England. "It's not the game we wanted to be in, as a team".

Given they arrived in Russian Federation as rank outsiders, however, Southgate was invited to detail the positives from a campaign that appears to have repaired the strained relationship between England and its team.

Head coach Zlatko Dalic said about the player's fitness for upcoming final: "The guys celebrated reaching the final and today we are having a day of recovery".

- Who has the edge in the World Cup final? France's back line hasn't looked great when put under pressure in this tournament. Milan Badelj gave the Croatians the lead in the second half but his goal was cancelled out by Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson, who scored a penalty. Modric's opposite number Harry Kane had a different take on the final. If given the opportunity to play, I would love it, and hopefully, there'd be a few of my family out here to watch it as well.

After all, there's an assumption that every French generation will experience what Les Bleus achieved in 1998 and 2000, winning World Cup and European Championships, consecutively.

"Beforehand, I don't think they were expecting too much from us".

Lack of respect from England: "You always have to respect other teams and to keep your feet on the ground".

  • Julie Sanders